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That's right! My dogs don't wear any ID tags unless we are going on a day trip off the property. We live in an apartment complex that is full of dogs, 95% of them are reactive. One of the most common triggers for a reactive dog is hearing jiggling dog tags. Taking their tags off has allowed me to control the antecedent (the thing that happens before the behavior).
Not having any jiggling tags has really helped to prevent some of the dogs from freaking out at us as we pass their units, especially our downstairs neighbor dog who actually slams into and attacks the glass when people walk their dogs past her. Barking and lunging dogs really scare Phoenix and not having a jiggling trigger on her has been one more way to help her feel safe.
I know this is not something everyone will feel comfortable doing, it's probably a very unpopular idea and that's totally fine. My dogs still have ID, my phone number is written on the backside of their collars and they are also microchipped. I'm thinking about getting those tags that attach directly to the collar instead of a tag that hangs. Right now what I've done works well for us. I'm not at all worried about either of my dogs getting out or away from me. Both of the girls are pretty much stuck to me like glue and not having immediately visible ID on them while we are walking around our neighborhood is not a big deal.
Disclaimer: I do not ever recommend leaving dogs unattended outside without ID and I don't recommend taking their tags off unless you know your dog won't take off on you.
What sort of ID do you have for your dogs and are you happy with it?
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